Rappler's Maria Ressa - Time Magazine 2018 Person Of The Year

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edited December 2018 in Local and Foreign Issues



  • sargosargo got balls ✭✭✭

    Maria Ressa of Rappler is Time Magazine's Person Of The Year
  • sargosargo got balls ✭✭✭
    the Person Of The Year choice was announced last night, Duterte must have lost sleep. probably took some Fentanyl or marijuana to be able to sleep. 
  • sargosargo got balls ✭✭✭
    edited December 2018

    Maria Ressa
    Time Magazine
    2018 Person Of The Year
    The Guradians

    Ressa co-founded the news site Rappler. It has relentlessly covered the brutal drug war of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, including extrajudicial killings that have alarmed human-rights advocates. Duterte has called Rappler “fake news” and banned its reporters from presidential events. The government recently charged Ressa with tax fraud—a move widely viewed as an attempted crackdown on Rappler's reporting. She faces a possible 10-year sentence.


    In the Philippines, a 55-year-old woman named Maria Ressa steers Rappler, an online news site she helped found, through a superstorm of the two most formidable forces in the information universe: social media and a populist President with authoritarian inclinations. Rappler has chronicled the violent drug war and extrajudicial killings of President Rodrigo Duterte that have left some 12,000 people dead, according to a January estimate from Human Rights Watch. The Duterte government refuses to accredit a Rappler journalist to cover it, and in November charged the site with tax fraud, allegations that could send Ressa to prison for up to 10 years.

  • TrollmeisterTrollmeister B?nned for trolling PEX ✭✭
    seriously, Time Magazine is protecting a bigtime Tax evader, Maria Ressback   :rofl:  
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    Malacañang insists PH freedom of expression ‘robust’ as TIME lauds Ressa

    Posted at Dec 12 2018 12:40 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2018 06:50 PM

    MANILA - (UPDATE) Malacañang on Wednesday maintained that freedom of expression in the Philippines remains robust, after TIME Magazine named Rappler chief Maria Ressa as one of the 2018 "Person of the Year."

    Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it was TIME’s call to name Ressa as its Person of the Year.

    “Certainly we cannot intrude into that. It’s not our turf. Whether we agree or not, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

    Asked about the state of freedom of expression in the country, Panelo said, “Obviously, since there are still critics attacking the administration, the freedom of expression is a robust one.”

    “Nobody has been prosecuted for criticizing the administration. Those who have been charged are in connection not with freedom of expression but for commission of crimes,” he added.

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    Rappler president @mariaressa says Palace's statement on the state of freedom of expression in the PH is "untrue at best." #ANCRecap https://bit.ly/2Ei7MkL 

    Speaking to ANC on Wednesday, Ressa said Malacañang's statements are "untrue at best."

    "We've seen connections with the administration and the hate incited by people who are part or working with the administration," she said.

    "It is now a tactic much like disinformation campaigns around the world," she added.

    Earlier this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Rappler Inc’s license to operate for allegedly violating the constitutional restriction on foreign ownership of mass media.

    On Tuesday, Ressa posted a P204,000 bail at the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) for three cases of failure to file tax returns and one case of tax evasion filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

    Ressa also maintained anew that charges against her and Rappler are "politically motivated."

    "I'm not an enemy of the government. I'm just a journalist doing my job. Answer the questions, be transparent, be accountable then we'll move and be able to work together," she said.

    Aside from Ressa, the TIME also picked slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, jailed Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and the staff of the Capital Gazette in Maryland, which lost 5 of its staff in an attack last June. They were collectively called as the “Guardians” of the truth.

    The administration has been criticized for using the law against its critics, among them Senator Leila de Lima, who is currently detained on what she labeled as trumped up charges, and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who is also facing a slew of charges ranging from libel to coup d’etat.

    Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was removed from her post for failing to submit a complete set of her statements of asset, liabilities, and net worth, said on Tuesday that under President Duterte, the law seems to have become an “instrument of injustice.”

  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member ✭✭✭

    OaKs lang iyan kay DuDirty kasi HINDI naman NAGBABASA ng TIME MAGAZINE ang mga DuTeRTaRDs.

  • ok lang yan. respetohin ang time magazine. award nila yan kung ano man ang ibig sabihin ng award nayan.

    pero para sa akin kagaguhan ng time magazine mag award sa taong diumanong tax evader.  kung proud ka sa ginawa ng time magazine pacheckup ka na ng utak mo

    magaling sumagot si panelo. 
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member ✭✭✭
    pero para sa akin kagaguhan ng time magazine mag award sa taong diumanong tax evader.
  • parvus1202parvus1202 Member ✭✭✭
    Madali palang maging person Of The Year sa Times. Gawin mo lang source mo ng balita si Trililing at LP tapos huwag kang magbayad ng tax, Kabooom!! Person of the year ka na.
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    ON TUESDAY, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was named as part of Time magazine’s Person of the Year , along with murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis and two Reuters reporters imprisoned in Myanmar. The accolade was timely, as well as well-earned: The same day, she was forced to meet bail to avoid being jailed on tax charges she says are trumped up.

    Ms. Ressa returned to Manila this month despite the risk of imprisonment in a courageous demonstration of resolve to resist harassment and intimidation of her pioneering online news outlet, Rappler. She told reporters on her arrival: “The people who know me know that I am not radical, but government actions like this, it forces me to speak. I think all have to speak. . . . This is the time to fight. This is the time to tell people, here’s the line and you have to make sure that our government doesn’t cross it, ’cause when it does, we’re no longer a democracy.”

    Rappler has pursued hard-hitting reporting to expose the abuses of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has conducted a violent campaign against suspected drug dealers and users, often with vigilantes and extrajudicial methods. Thousands of people have been killed, many of them summarily shot on the street. Mr. Duterte has picked up President Trump’s lingo of distrust and called Rappler a “fake news outlet.”

    The government filed five cases claiming tax law violations by Rappler in raising investment funds through Philippine Depositary Receipts in 2015. This is a vehicle that allows foreigners to invest without ownership. Under the Philippine constitution, ownership of a mass media outlet must be all Filipino. The government’s indictment claims that the funds raised were income and Rappler failed to declare it.

    Rappler says the use of the investment technique was legal and the tax charge is bogus. Ms. Ressa told The Post, “What the tax evasion charges did is to treat an investment like it was income. We’re not a dealer in securities. We’re not a stock broker.”

    Ms. Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief in Manila and Jakarta, Indonesia, on Nov. 8 received the 2018 Knight International Journalism Award from the International Center for Journalists and on Nov. 20 received the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2018 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award, where she delivered a clarion call for our times:

    “You don’t really know who you are until you’re forced to fight to defend it. Then every battle you win or lose, every compromise you choose to make or to walk away from — all these struggles define the values you live by, and, ultimately, who you are. We at Rappler decided that when we look back at this moment a decade from now, we will have done everything we could: We did not duck, we did not hide. We are Rappler, and we will hold the line.”


  • sargosargo got balls ✭✭✭
    this is where we are in the international media: 

    • EJKs have been committed in the PHL, 20T+ have been killed in Duterte's War On Drugs
    • human rights violations have been committed
    • Duterte is known to be a strongman to a despot
    • Maria Ressa, a journalist is exposing Duterte's wrong doings
    • Ressa has just been names Time's Person Of The Year
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    edited December 2018

    She Reported From War Zones. But Covering Philippine President Duterte Might Be Her Most Dangerous Job Yet


    When Maria Ressa realized she was about to be arrested for doing her job, she reacted in the manner she had learned reporting from conflict zones throughout her 33-year career in journalism: she took a deep breath and assessed the best way to proceed. The situation was manageable, the charges could be overcome, and Ressa, as she had done countless times before, says she resolved to “hold the line.”

    “I’ve been a war zone correspondent, I’ve planned coverage when one side is shooting against the other side,” the 55-year old told TIME in New York a few days before she returned to the Philippines and on Dec. 3 handed herself in to authorities. “That is easy compared to what we’re dealing with now.”

    What Ressa and her colleagues are dealing with is “a direct assault on press freedom in the Philippines” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Less than two weeks after the CPJ presented her with an international Press Freedom award, the veteran journalist and former CNN bureau chief posted bail for charges of tax evasion. She is expected to be arraigned February next year.

    While the Philippine government denies a political motivation for the charges against Ressa and Rappler, the news site she founded in 2012, international observers regard them as the latest salvo in President Rodrigo Duterte’s bid to muzzle critical press and silence criticism of his administration’s deadly war on drugs.

    For Ressa they are symptom of an even deeper malady in the Philippines, which she describes as “ground zero” in the global war on disinformation. “The kind of civil discourse that used to be necessary for democracy—one, we all agreed on facts, two, we actually exchanged ideas—this is gone,” she says.

    When Ressa founded Rappler in 2012, the country’s social media environment was opening up new possibilities for civic engagement. The site created a Mood Meter that allowed audiences to log their emotional responses to stories, and its cadre of young tenacious reporters drove millennial engagement with the news.

    Back then Facebook counted 29 million Filipinos among its user base, or a little under a third of the population. Today the social media giant’s grip on the country is near absolute: in part due to subsidies that make Facebook free to access on mobile phones, it has almost 70 million users—or 97% of the Philippines’ Internet-connected population.

    But the ease with which the Duterte administration has used social media to manipulate public opinion, and what Ressa sees as the tech giant’s failure to protect its users from manipulation, have fundamentally changed relationships between the news and those who consume it. “Technology has no morals and values,” Ressa says, “And the group that actually figured out how to use it and weaponize it, are the authoritarian style leaders.”

    Shortly after Duterte’s election, Rappler began investigating how the Duterte campaign built a network of domestic and overseas social media users who disseminated inflammatory and sometimes fake content created by a team of bloggers.

    Two of the team’s most prominent “influencers,” pop star and sex advice columnist Mocha Uson and populist blogger R.J. Nieto, were given official roles in Duterte’s administration after he took office. Although both have since resigned their posts, they were accused of singling out and smearing journalists who reported on extrajudicial killings, setting off a cascade of online trolls that harassed them with rape and death threats on Facebook.

    “The exponential attacks on social media, the inciting to hate just for doing your job,” says Ressa. “You have no idea when it erupts into real-world violence.”

    While real world violence has long been an occupational hazard in the Philippines—the National Union of Journalists estimates 177 reporters and media workers have been killed since 1986—Duterte made it clear reporters would be at mortal risk under his watch. Shortly before he took office on a promise of wiping out crime and corruption, he told journalists in his heartland Davao City they too could become targets of assassination if found to be a corrupt “son of a ****.”

    Maria Ressa co-founded the news site Rappler. It has relentlessly covered the brutal drug war of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, including suspected extrajudicial killings that have alarmed human-rights advocates.
    Moises Saman—Magnum Photos for TIME

    Now, Rappler and its founder are paying the price for reporting on Duterte’s regime — just as the president’s critics and opposition leaders have been jailed on flimsy premises. Senator Leila de Lima, a fierce critic of Duterte’s drug war, was arrested in February 2017 and charged with drug offenses Amnesty International called “pure fiction.” “The lesson is if you want to criticize and oppose Duterte, you can do so behind bars, but not as a free citizen,” de Lima told TIME from her jail cell in September.

    Ressa says the Philippines, where dissent can lead to jail time, and where nobody can put a precise figure on the number of people killed in the drug war (estimates of human rights groups range between 12,000 and 30,000 deaths) should be a “cautionary tale” for the U.S. “With a global platform that connects all of us, you can see there is a playbook,” she says, “in the crosshair of controlling the public narrative are journalists.”

    Crosshairs or not, Ressa is determined to hold the line.

  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member ✭✭✭
    hindi ko kasi ma-intindihan itong si MReasa. she could have paid the penalty for her ILLEGAL activities and start a new LEGAL MEDIA OUTFIT.
  • TrollmeisterTrollmeister B?nned for trolling PEX ✭✭
    lesbian ba si Maria Ressa?
  • ^ ang alam lang namin bading ka, at sa iskwater ka nakatira, assessment base on your post on LAFI 

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